Distance: Stay In and Survive -EP review, D-beat Dis-core punks take on lockdownEP review

Distance: Stay In and Survive  (Bandcamp)

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D-beat Dis-core punks take on lockdown and COVID-19 in a familiar traditional style.  Have a break from whiny acoustic guitar-players on webcam and check this out.

The jacket and studs are familiar, as is the Dis… part of the name.  But who are this mystery UK82 hardcore punk band?

Could it be members of the famed Clay Records band featured recently in a decent retrospective in the Guardian?  Probably not.

Could it be Rollins or members of Metallica having a laugh during lockdown?   Nope.

It is most probably some-one involved in the Hampshire punk scene, bands like Armoured Flu Unit, Kontakta and the quite brilliant Abrazos fighting the boredom of lockdown, the powers that be (shit)  and the Fear, in the only way they know how.

In the lyrics the connection is made with animal abuse which the anarcho hardcore scene has always explicitly attacked in songs and direct action from day one.

Distance say

Until the 200 credits per month are used this is free to download. If you like it give some money to your local mutual aid group, food bank or NHS charity. Or give some time if you have it.

Lo-fi. Recorded layer by layer using Audacity, an audio interface and a crapped out old laptop plus 1 SM58 microphone.

These are just words that reflect feelings at the time they were written. No manifesto. No agenda. Just things that needed to be said. Brought on by idiocy witnessed on the streets and in the media, fear of a pandemic virus and anger at a system that doesn’t work.

Nuff said.

Crank it up.  Enjoy. Stay In And Survive.

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All words Ged Babey

 

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.

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